Collector Interview: Drew M.
Posted on January 23 2017
We spotted the vinyl collection of Drew Magid on Instagram after he shared a photo of his alphabetized collection. Drew works in the music industry, and has been building his collection since he was 16 years old. Drew shared, "My girlfriend can attest to my OCD, getting the full set of A-Z record dividers for Christmas was seriously the best gift (thank you to my brothers and parents!!). I have a VPI HW 16.1 record cleaning machine and usually give anything I put on my table a wash before I listen. I put my records in MoFi inner sleeves and all of the jackets are stored in poly sleeves when getting shelved." Read on if you'd like to take a peek inside Drew's collection!
My name is Drew Magid. I am a 27 year old tour manager from the greater Philadelphia area. I graduated from Penn State University in 2011 and have been touring non-stop since. Right now I am tour managing Grouplove and currently live in Nashville, TN.
Size of collection:
According to Discogs my collection is at 651 pieces but I still have a lot of my 45's to input.
Current top 3 albums:
Freedy Johnson - Blue Days Black Nights - 1999 (side note I really hope this gets a vinyl reissue)
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk - 1979
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love - 2016
Favorite music genre:
My collection is really all over the place. It's primarily indie rock and punk rock titles but I have been buying a lot of classic rock, hip hop and jazz.
Best party album:
Dinner Party: Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years or JJ Cale - Naturally.
House Party: Pixies - Doolittle or The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America.
Cocktail Party: Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill or Michael Jackson - Off The Wall.
Best album to listen to alone:
I have always connected with Elliott Smith’s music and lyrics on so many levels. If I had to pick one record that is best to listen to alone it would be Elliott Smith: XO. Last record you purchased: Fleetwood Mac: Tusk. I got a REALLY clean original copy on Discogs for like $11. I’ve never been into Fleetwood Mac but I was listening to the Record Nerdz podcast and one of the hosts shouted it out as one of his favorite fall / winter records. I’ve been obsessed ever since my first listen.
Album you're in search of:
Catherine Wheel - Chrome. I actually don’t own any Catherine Wheel records which is crazy but they are impossible to find and insanely expensive on eBay and Discogs. I would also love to find a copy of Adam & Eve and Ferment.
Give us a breakdown of your collection: how much is used vs how much is new? The ratio between new and used is about 1:1. I feel like I collect in waves - sometimes I am really into getting newer releases and represses and other times I'm only buying used stuff. As I have gotten older I have been listening to bands and albums that I was completely uninterested in when I was younger because they weren't heavy or fast enough.
How long have you been collecting records? How did you get into it?
The first LP I bought was an original copy of Led Zeppelin IV from Siren Records in Doylestown, PA. I was probably 15 or 16 and I'm pretty sure I didn't even have a record player at the time. They were having a lot of local punk and hardcore shows at the time and going to those is what really opened my eyes to buying and collecting vinyl. A lot of my more rare records are from bands in the Philadelphia area that I was seeing locally. Most of my Blacklisted, Title Fight, etc records were all purchased at shows in church basements or VFWS in the greater Philadelphia area.
Where do you hunt for vinyl?
I have only been living in Nashville for a year so I don't really have a spot here yet. Siren Records in Doylestown, PA will always be my favorite place to dig and buy. I'd say over half of my collection was purchased on tour, if I have time on days off I like looking for local record stores. There are too many great stores I've been to lately to list but I was just recently at 33RPM in Columbus, OH, Mills Records in Kansas City, MO and The Record Exchange in Boise, ID and made out really well in all three stores.
How do you organize your collection?
My collection is organized alphabetically by first name but I would really like to have separate sections for jazz and hip hop as those two genres have been growing my collection. My grandmother recently moved and downsized into a smaller home. She gave me a beautiful shelf that fit great in my living room and holds LPs perfectly.
Anything else you want to share about your collection?
I think for the future I plan on buying less records and allocating funds for buying to things that I really want. So instead of picking up a few things that are kind of cool I’d rather hold out and splurge on original Catherine Wheel or Oasis records. I’m also always slowly saving for pieces in my stereo. I recently bought a new amp and will eventually start saving again for a new turntable, I have been eyeing up VPI’s Scout forever. Currently I have B&W CM8 Speakers, a Rogue Audio Cronus Audio Amp & a Denon 300 with a 2M Red cartridge. It’s been fun slowly upgrading and tinkering with my stereo.